In the past 10 years, my life as a military woman has been so eventful; whether it was leaving home for the first time, shooting my very first gun, and oh yeah, fighting in a war against terrorism. I have to say that today is one of the best days I’ve ever had as a Servicewoman.
We had a very long day yesterday, so we went to bed early. Phones were put away and we all slumbered. When I awoke at 6am, I had text after text on my phone from family, both biological and military, informing me of the news. Osama Bin Laden had not only been found, but terminated. I immediately turned on the news to see that last night, not only were there crowds upon crowds gathering at ground zero, but they were cheering, waving the flag, and singing our national anthem. I couldn’t help but cry a bit. When you’ve been part of a mission for over a decade and you can see it ending right before your eyes, it fills your heart and makes you think that all of your work and sacrifice wasn’t for naught.
Now, because I know how these things work, I’m not naive enough to think that this means the whole war is over and all troops can come home immediately. I’m hoping that the rest of the country is smart enough to know that as well. We are far from done. I picture the war on terror as a Chess game; our check-mate will be when we can take down all regimes, whether it’s the Taliban, Al-Queda or what have you. Bin Laden was no pawn, but he wasn’t the king either. There is still work to be done and we Servicemen still have things to accomplish. But, with the victory we attained yesterday, we’re very close to winning the game.
Because being a military member is one of my 4th hats, this day obviously was blog-worthy for me. I’m not out to offend anyone, I just wanted to share my joy. For my American readers, I hope this day will stick in your minds forever, as does 9/11. For those out of the U.S., I hope today can remind you of a victorious day that your country celebrated and is still celebrated where you are. There’s no shame in being proud of the land where you live, and today I have no shame.